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July 14, 2009: Minutes



July 14, 2009


The July 14, 2009 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Chairman Jerry Pohlman at 7:35PM at the Crane Lake Volunteer Fire Department Hall with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those in attendance including:  Supervisors Butch Eggen and Jerry Pohlman, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, a reporter from the Voyageur Sentinel and three members of the community.  Supervisor Jim Janssen and Treasurer Terrie Hoff were absent.


Additions to the Agenda:  There were none.


Minutes – A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to approve the minutes of the 6/9/09 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.  Butch and Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report – In Terrie’s absence, Jo Ann read the June Cash Balances and presented the bills as follows:  Vidmar Appraisals – $1,625.00; MAT Agency – $989.00; Range Print Shop – $42.50; CLVFD – $24,550.00; CLVTB – $4,009.30; Border State Bank – $5,342.02; Crane Lake Sustainable Land Corp – $1,000.00 and Payroll – $532.27.  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Butch, to approve the Treasurer’s Report as read and the payment of bills.  Jerry and Butch voted in favor and the motion carried.


The Clerk presented the correspondence.  The correspondence was received as read and will be placed on file and acted upon as required.





Land Exchange/Community Property Project: Ruth L. Carlson reported that Consultant David Schmidt is doing an excellent job facilitating the land exchange process.  Ruth provided a brief history and update on the land exchange process with the suggestion that it be placed on the Township website.


VNP Project Report:  Rob Scott, Chairman of the CLWSD, was not present to report.


Assessment Service:  The Board discussed options for the upcoming contract period for assessment services. The Board thanked Jim for his research on assessment services. A contract for assessment services was received from Jan Jackson of Kelsey, Minnesota.  There was discussion on Jan Jackson’s offer of a four year contract to lock in her rate of $8,400.00 per year for assessment services.  The Board agreed to table a decision until August allowing time to contact Ms. Jackson requesting the four year contract contingent upon work review after one year of service.


Culvert:  There has been no new communication received from the County on the culvert project.  An email will be sent to  Chris Morris requesting an update on the project and planned start date for construction.


Water’s Edge – Emergency Evacuation Plan:  A letter was received from the Minnesota Department of Health stating that the St. Louis County Health Department’s order for an approved shelter plan by Crane Lake Township for Water’s Edge RV Park was issued in error.  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Butch to rescind the motion made on June 9, 2009 approving Water’s Edge’s evacuation plan.  Jerry and Butch voted in favor and the motion carried.  A copy of the letter will be mailed to Water’s Edge RV Park.




Short Course – Carlton 7/31/09: A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to reimburse any Board member attending the Short Course for mileage and  registration fees.  Butch and Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.  Jerry and Butch are both considering attending to renew their Board of Equalization status.


St. Louis County Sheriff’s Volunteer Rescue Squad Donation:  The Board did not approve a donation.


Correspondence Response (Purdy Email):   A response will be sent to Ms. Purdy including Ruth’s land exchange update and websites to which she may refer.


Other New Business:  There was none.



Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – July 14, 2009



Comments from Officers:  Jerry thanked Ruth for the updated land exchange summary for the website and Jim Janssen for his work on assessment service.  Butch commented on the 4th of July parade and fireworks, and the increased attendance and participation.


PUBLIC COMMENTS:  Bill Arthur of the Orr Economic Development Council advised the Board on the restructuring of their comprehensive plan.  The group’s purpose is to vet projects and proposals for the City of Orr prior to public discussion.  They currently are considering six new development projects and asked for representation on the Board from Crane Lake.  The Organization meets monthly and divides into committees for specific tasks.  Mr. Arthur also asked for support for a grant to build and improve broadband connectivity in the Orr/Crane Lake area.  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to support the Orr Economic Development Council’s request for a letter of endorsement to the Northeast Service Cooperative in support of a grant to build and improve broadband connectivity to the Orr/Crane Lake area.  Butch and Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.  A motion was made by Jerry, support by Butch, to appoint Butch as the Crane Lake Township’s representative to the Orr Economic Development Council.  Jerry and Butch voted in favor and the motion carried.


Ruth L. Carson thanked the Board for the fine job they do always keeping things legal by consulting an attorney when questions arise.



Next Meeting:    Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, August 11, 2009 – 7:30PM, Fellowship Hall





There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:34PM.





Jo Ann Pohlman, Clerk                                                   Jerry Pohlman, Chairman




This draft of the Crane Lake Township minutes has been posted solely for preliminary informational purposes.  Minutes are unofficial and subject to change until they have been approved by the Crane Lake Board of Supervisors.